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Posted: 6/16/2009 5:48:55 AM EST
->If a Technician wants to upgrade to Extra, does one need to take both the General and Extra tests, or just the Extra? If both, can they be done concurrently?

->Where can I find a printable version of the most recent question pools? QRZ.com has an excellent online test but I want to be able to print the questions for offline study.

->I realize that it's not required, but what is a good way to start learning code?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:56:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 9:07:52 AM EST by Bill_in_VA]
Yes you have to take both exams.

Question Pools

download some software? I have heard the koch method is pretty good. Someone who actually knows more about the code can chime in...

ETA:
You can take them both at the same session under the same examination fee.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:06:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 1:07:42 PM EST by KB7DX]
I learned code from W8OUW now SK. I also used an old DOS program called Super-Morse. It will send a character and you type the letter on the keyboard. It would also send a QSO to copy. Super-Morse helped me get to about 15wpm to get my General ticket but I could not go any faster to get Extra back then.
ETA–– I learned the "Farnsworth" method. Character sent at 20wpm and spacing at 5wpm.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:48:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 1:53:43 PM EST by JaxShooter]
I did an extensive write-up of how I learned CW. It should be in the archive but I'm not finding it. I'll keep looking...

ETA: Found it. Guess it was in Survival Discussions not Ham Radio.

Here it is.

Hope it helps. I'll also add this to the list: RufzXP. It was a big hit at Dayton this year.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 2:03:49 PM EST
Originally Posted By ampn:
->If a Technician wants to upgrade to Extra, does one need to take both the General and Extra tests, or just the Extra? If both, can they be done concurrently?


you must pass both the General and Extra exams.
you can take both exams back-to-back at the same testing session if desired.

Originally Posted By ampn:
->Where can I find a printable version of the most recent question pools? QRZ.com has an excellent online test but I want to be able to print the questions for offline study.


http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=10&f=22&t=604477#10323204

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